The Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series event at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin was cancelled this past Saturday night after driver Scott Semmelmann was killed in a crash during practice.
Semmelman, 47 and from Brookfield, Wisconsin, was making his first start of the season with the IRA Sprints.
Multiple reports state that Semmelmann’s car hit another driver’s car then hit the wall in turns three and four during the second of three hot lap sessions. The other driver, who was not identified in the reports, was not injured.
Both Beaver Dam Raceway and IRA Sprint officials mutually decided to cancel the racing program out of respect for the Semmelmann family. Fans were offered a refund, but also were given an option to donate their money to the family, which most did according to a press release on the IRA Sprint Car Series website. The event will not be rescheduled.
The release also said that incident was investigated and has been deemed a racing incident.
Brian Semmelmann, Scott’s brother, told FOX 58 in Milwaukee that his brother decided about a decade ago to sign up for a racing school and was hooked.
He leaves behind two sons, a daughter and his wife. A funeral date has not been set as of press time, but a fund has been set up to help the family and children.
You can donate to the Scott Semmelmann Memorial Fund at: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/dwv5/the-scott-semmelmann-memorial-fund
Photo Credit: Beaver Dam Raceway website